Uh oh! President Donald Trump personally intervened and ordered White House officials to give his son-in-law Jared Kushner a top-secret security clearance. Kushner had been denied a clearance due to concerns that he was vulnerable to manipulation by foreign governments. Trump previously claimed he played no role in Kushner receiving his clearance - https://nyti.ms/2IJMFvp


House Democrats plan to dig deeper into President Trump's business dealings. Democrats plan to open new paths of inquiry following the public testimony of Michael Cohen earlier this week - https://wapo.st/2IMa0fX

  • Trump's "money man" Alan Weisselberg will likely be called to testify by the House Oversight committee to discuss his role in the hush-money payments to an adult film actress who had an affair with President Trump - https://nbcnews.to/2IIoyx3
  • The House Oversight Committee plans to pursue interviews with Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. - https://politi.co/2ILfGXt

Congress is not done with Michael Cohen. President Trump's former personal lawyer will return to Washington next week to continue closed-door testimony to the House Intelligence Committee - https://wapo.st/2IMxmly


Republicans in Congress are pressuring Trump to back down from his emergency declaration. At the same time, Trump is warning Republicans in the Senate are in "great jeopardy" if they vote to block his effort to build a wall on the Mexico border - https://wapo.st/2INfoPY


The U.S. economy is cooling down. G.D.P. grew at a 2.6% rate in the fourth quarter. Economists expect growth to drop below 2 percent in the first quarter of 2019 - https://nyti.ms/2IFRK7U


Both sides are casting blame after Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un collapses. North Korean officials say the president is mischaracterizing their demands that led to President Trump abruptly ending the summit - http://bit.ly/2IL4sm1


The House passed another gun control measure on Thursday. The Democratic-controlled house closed the so-called "Charleston loophole" which is a gap in the background check system that allowed a man to purchase a gun and kill nine members of a church nearly four years ago - https://cnn.it/2II9akk


Andrew Wheeler is confirmed as the head of the EPA. The former coal lobbyist was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday - https://wapo.st/2IMb0AJ


President Trump wants to raise a billion dollars for his re-election. But, Republicans are worried his super PAC is not up to the task - https://politi.co/2IGDqfh


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is running for president. He joins the growing Democratic field seeking the nomination - https://wapo.st/2IITSfm


Travelers passing through Midway airport may have been exposed to measles. An unvaccinated traveler and infected with the disease was in the Chicago airport last week - http://bit.ly/2IL6cvB


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be indicted on bribery charges from three corruption investigations. The indictment could impact his fortunes in the upcoming elections as he seeks a fifth term in office - https://cnn.it/2IJ1tu5


U.S. officials put out a $1 million bounty on one of Osama Bin Laden's sons. Hamza Bin Laden is reportedly emerging as a leader of al-Qaeda - https://bbc.in/2IKylTw


Yikes! An iceberg twice the size of New York City is about to break off of Antarctica - https://wapo.st/2ILg0Wb